Former Smallville actress Allison Mack admits racketeering charges related to sex cult
00:48, Apr 9, 2019
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Mack - who is facing charges including sex trafficking, identity fraud and money laundering for her alleged role in running a slave ring within the Albany-area organization - is scheduled to change her previous not guilty plea in Brooklyn federal court at 11:30 a.m.
Mack was accused of being one of the leaders and recruiters to the cult, and jury selection for the trial began on Monday. "I am very sorry to my family and to the good people I hurt through my misguided adherence to [NXIVM leader] Keith Raniere's teachings", Mack said according to Page Six. Mack played Chloe Sullivan, a close friend of the future Superman whose romantic feelings were not reciprocated.
In Brooklyn federal court on Monday donning black slacks and a sweater, the star appeared before a judge alongside her two attorneys as she pleaded to the two counts.
In a statement, Ms Mack admitted to recruiting women by telling them they were joining a female mentorship group.
Mack was believed to be the leader of DOS, described as a "secret sorority" that allegedly brainwashed members, put them on starvation diets and beat them if they don't recruit enough "slaves".
The indictment released past year claimed many so-called slaves were branded on their pelvic areas using a cauterizing pen with a symbol which, unbeknownst to them, incorporated Raniere's initials. All have pleaded not guilty and denied any wrongdoing, though after three guilty pleas, we're not sure what kind of legs they have to stand on. Several others involved in the case, including NXIVM co-founder Nancy Salzman and her daughter Lauren Salzman, have pleaded guilty for their roles in the group. Seagram's liquor heiress Clare Bronfman faces charges for her alleged involvement. She had been released on $5 million bail. "Determining the truth is extremely important to me, and I can say firmly that neither NXIVM nor Keith have abused or coerced anyone". If convicted of those charges, she would have faced life in prison.
Raniere was arrested on sex trafficking charges in March previous year and is being held without bail.
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